The Hoffman Center Blog

Blogs and articles by Dr. Bruce Hoffman and the Hoffman Centre for Integrative and Functional Medicine.

20 Triggers of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome

By Dr. Bruce Hoffman | November 9, 2017

In an effort to help you notice common triggers, below are 10 non-food and 10 food triggers that commonly provoke mediator release in those with MCAS. 10 Non-Food Triggers of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome If you’re struggling or suspect you have MCAS, it’s in your best interest to reduce your exposure to these triggers, including: … Read more

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Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine: When Your Immune System Runs Rampant

By Dr. Bruce Hoffman | November 8, 2017

There is undoubtedly an escalating epidemic of chronically unwell people in North America. The present method of looking at illness is geared toward a single organ, a single specialty, a single drug, and voila! – let’s hope for a cure.

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Steps of the Shoemaker Protocol

By Dr. Bruce Hoffman | October 31, 2017

Once the diagnosis of Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS) from water damaged buildings has been established by history, physical, and labs, the Shoemaker protocol is the only peer reviewed published protocol shown to reverse the symptoms and laboratory findings. The steps are as follows: Remove exposure from water damaged buildings For many people, this is … Read more

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Diagnosing MCAS – Ask Your Doctor for Lab Work

By Dr. Bruce Hoffman | October 9, 2017

Ask Your Doctor for Lab Work MCAS can be difficult to diagnose because lab test results may fluctuate as symptoms wax and wane. Many tests may need to be repeated during times of symptom flare-ups. Poor handling of specimens by the laboratory is also a real issue affecting results. Lab testing may thus result in … Read more

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Allergen Avoidance Recommendations

By Dr. Bruce Hoffman | September 30, 2017

Allergen Avoidance Recommendations The following recommendations will help you minimize your exposure to toxic molds: Eliminate Dampness In Your Home Suggestion 1: Eliminate dampness in your home – check walls and roof for leaks. Waterproof walls and ceilings before painting. Reason: Mold thrives in damp conditions Do Not Wallpaper Walls Suggestion 2: Do not wallpaper … Read more

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Depression, SSRIs and Self-Advocacy

By Dr. Bruce Hoffman | September 20, 2017

Patient self-advocacy, combined with a serious intent to do what it takes to get well, is always at the root of successful health outcomes.

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Treatments for Lowering Histamine and Reducing MCAS Symptoms

By Dr. Bruce Hoffman | September 9, 2017

Treatments for Lowering Histamine and Reducing MCAS Symptoms Now, you might be thinking, “Why can’t I just take an antihistamine?” Antihistamines don’t actually reduce histamine release. They only block histamine receptors, preventing you from feeling the symptoms. You may need a round-the-clock blockade of the H1 and H2 receptors, every 12 hours. If you want … Read more

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Frequently Asked Mold Questions

By Dr. Bruce Hoffman | August 31, 2017

Frequently Asked Mold Questions Q: Do I literally have to clean everything in my house (i.e. plastic storage containers, books, toiletries, candles, knickknacks, canned food etc.) or just the major things like clothing and furniture? A: Yes, everything. Q: Is it possible to clean electronic devices that may have mold spores inside of them, seeing as I … Read more

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Exercise Smarter, Not Harder: How to Optimize Your Workout for Your Brain and Body

By Dr. Bruce Hoffman | August 17, 2017

Exercise is great for you in practically every way imaginable. But here’s the thing, it’s not any old workout that makes your brain sharper and your body healthier – different types of exercises that have different types of benefits. With that in mind, let’s look at how workouts benefit your brain and body.

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Toxic Mold Illness: Is Your Home Causing Your Mysterious Symptoms?

By Dr. Bruce Hoffman | August 11, 2017

If you are suffering from chronic symptoms and struggled to find a proper diagnosis or relief, it might be time to examine your environment more closely.

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